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Troubled Massachusetts Congressman Keeps It All in the Family


Rep. Bill “Dead Man Walking” Delahunt continues his march toward his future lobbyist career here in Massachusetts.

Delahunt was already in trouble after Scott Brown carried his district by a two-to-one margin. Then the Amy Bishop case blew up, revealing an astonishing level of incompetence/corruption/both under his watch as district attorney.

Now comes this Boston Herald report on what Delahunt is doing today: 

U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year – much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter – stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election.

Nickolai Bobrov, who is married to Delahunt’s daughter Kara, has raked in $47,732 since landing on the payroll as the congressman’s campaign manager in July, including a $10,000 payment that month marked retroactive for “consulting services April-July,” according to campaign finance records.

Bobrov also is listed as treasurer of Delahunt’s Campaign for Change political action committee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Kara Delahunt, who recently bought a $620,000 Milton manse with Bobrov, pocketed hundreds in campaign cash as a “freelance photographer,” records show. Delahunt’s PAC also paid her $421 for photography services last month.

Katharina Delahunt, the congressman’s ex-wife, pulled in $48,000 as a receptionist and executive assistant for the campaign, a position she’s held full-time since 2005, records show.

Stick a fork in him — Delahunt’s done. He acknowledged on my radio station earlier in the week that he has spoken recently to Joe Kennedy III — the junior-est of Junior Kennedys and the likely Dem choice to follow Delahunt.

Meanwhile, several solid Republican candidates are lining up to run for the 10th Congressional, including State Rep. Jeff Perry — a more conservative version of Scott Brown.


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